Heavy Periods Specialist

The Ashford Center

Gynecologists & Advanced Endometrial Ablation Specialists located in Athens, GA & Duluth, GA

Many women aren’t sure if their periods are too heavy, or they may think heavy, painful, or irregular bleeding is just something they have to live with. However, excessive or painful bleeding is not normal and it puts a woman at risk for anemia and fatigue. Dr. Clint Ashford, and Dr. Rebecca Ashford, specialize in helping women find the best solution for their heavy periods.

Heavy Periods

How are “heavy periods” defined?

In 2005, the FDA has formally decided that a woman herself should be the one to determine if her periods are “heavy” or “abnormal”. Therefore, nearly all insurance companies consider Advanced Endometrial Ablation a “covered service” if a woman is tired of having periods and would like to be period-free. In any case, menstrual periods are certainly considered abnormal when they are different from the average cycle. On average, periods last around five days and there should be about 24-38 days between periods.

Your periods are too heavy if:

  • Periods are interfering with your personal life or productivity at work
  • Bleeding lasts more than five days
  • Blood soaks through one or more pads or tampons per hour
  • You need to wear more than one pad at a time
  • You need to change pads or tampons while you sleep
  • You pass blood clots the size of a quarter or larger

If you meet any of these criteria — or if childbearing is complete and dealing with the hassle of periods is becoming a problem— it’s time to schedule a consultation with either Dr. Clint or Dr. Rebecca Ashford at the Ashford Center.

What causes heavy periods?

Sometimes women are simply genetically predisposed to having heavy, painful periods despite normal anatomy and the absence of gynecologic pathology. However, several gynecologic conditions may also cause heavy menstrual bleeding, including:

  • Uterine fibroids: Noncancerous growths that develop in the uterine wall
  • Uterine polyps: Small growths that develop in the lining of the uterus
  • Endometriosis: A condition in which cells from the uterine lining grow outside the uterus on the surrounding organs
  • Adenomyosis: A condition in which cells from the uterine lining grow into the uterine wall
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS): a common hormonal imbalance problem
  • Thyroid Problems: Both low- and high-thyroid levels may be problematic
  • Anemia: Anemia can be a result of heavy uterine bleeding, but anemia paradoxically can make uterine bleeding worse.

How does Advanced Endometrial Ablation stop heavy periods?

Advanced Endometrial Ablation is the only procedure besides a hysterectomy that permanently stops heavy periods. The procedure is quick, simple, gentle, and performed under light sedation so you can get back to normal activities the next day. 

An expert in Advanced Endometrial Ablation, Dr. Clint Ashford has extensive experience using a variety of FDA-approved techniques, including thermal energy, cryotherapy (freezing), and radiofrequency energy to safely remove the endometrium. 

Once the ablation procedure is performed, most patients NEVER have another period, while a smaller number have significantly lighter periods--maybe a day or two of spotting from time to time. 

Note: Advanced Endometrial Ablation is a permanent procedure. It is only appropriate for women whose childbearing is complete.

If you suffer from problems with your periods, call The Ashford Center or book an appointment online today.